Seeing through the Media; The Persian Gulf War

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The New Republic airbrushed a Hitler mustache on Saddam Hussein. CNN reporters described the bombing of Baghdad as "fireworks on the Fourth of July." The Pentagon fed prepackaged programs to the TV networks. Veiled Arab women became icons of an exotic culture. These are some of the ways the media brought home the war in the Persian Gulf as a national spectacle.

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The New Republic airbrushed a Hitler mustache on Saddam Hussein. CNN reporters described the bombing of Baghdad as "fireworks on the Fourth of July." The Pentagon fed prepackaged programs to the TV networks. Veiled Arab women became icons of an exotic culture. These are some of the ways the media brought home the war in the Persian Gulf as a national spectacle.

Looking to old and new technologies for mass communication-from CNN to comic books, from international news agencies to tabloids, from bomb sights to the Super Bowl-the essays in this collection show the ways in which public information is shaped, packaged, and disseminated.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
From Realism to Virtual Reality: Images of America's Wars 25
Images of the Vietnam and the Persian Gulf Wars in U.S. Television 45
Kicking the Vietnam Syndrome: CNN's and CBS's Video Narratives of the Persian Gulf War 59
The Gulf War as Total Television 81
Time and the Television War 97
The International Media and the Persian Gulf War: The Importance of the Flow of News 107
Site Unseen: An Analysis of CNN's War in the Gulf 121
The Media's War 147
Operation Desert Comfort 155
Missiles and Melodrama (Masculinity and the Televisual War) 171
Soap Opera Woes: Genre, Gender, and the Persian Gulf War 189
The Gendered Gulf 211
Supermarket Tabloids and Persian Gulf War Dissent 229
Perspectives on the Persian Gulf War in Popular Black Magazines 249
Military Presences and Absences: Arab Women and the Persian Gulf War 263
Only the Guns Have Eyes: Military Censorship and the Body Count 285
Afterword: Bringing the Death-World Home 301
A Persian Gulf War Chronology 307
Bibliography 323
Notes on Contributors 333
Index 337
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